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5 – Of the absence

This last intervention aims to introduce those contemporary painters who have tried to give representation to the human being today, highlighting the denial of identity given by the socio-cultural, socio-economic and socio-media situation. Where the excess of information, instead of giving voice, has made intelligences, humanity and collective instances mute and annihilated, swallowed up in the deafening noise of the avalanche of images, words and communications, resulting in a paradoxical absence caused by the excess of presence. The subjects and […]

Immaginari colonizzati

Monoscopio Philips PM5544   Vorrei anzitutto spiegare il titolo. Si pensi alla nostra formazione generazionale, a come la nostra memoria e il nostro modo d’immaginare siano vincolati da quanto abbiamo fruito e immagazzinato segnando indelebilmente la nostra identità: il cinema, in particolare quello americano, anzi holliwoodiano, con la sua frenetica narrazione sequenziale, profondamente diverso dalle produzioni europee, vi è poi il cinema nazionale, ma, se pensiamo a un suo impatto culturale su larga scala, dobbiamo necessariamente riferirci alla cosiddetta “commedia […]

Spatio-temporal trend of the composition

In the previous article ( I pointed out that talking about realism within visual texts is improper. In fact, they use codes that address our way of seeing and thinking about the world, and therefore our perception of it, which is far from being real is instead distorted: in this sense, the example of the perspective convergence that our gaze – and the drawing consequently reproduces – perceives – was given. The sense of realism is therefore given by proposing […]

Andamenti spazio-temporali della composizione

Nel precedente articolo ( ho evidenziato come parlare di realismo all’interno dei testi visivi sia improprio. Essi, infatti, impiegano codici che si rivolgono al nostro modo di vedere e pensare il mondo, dunque alla nostra percezione di esso, che lungi dall’essere reale è invece distorta: si era in tal senso portato l’esempio della convergenza prospettica che il nostro sguardo – e il disegno di conseguenza riproduce – percepisce. Il senso di realismo è quindi dato dal proporci il soggetto rappresentato […]

4 – Of minority feeling

Tiziano Veccellio, Supplizio di Marsia (detail), 1570-76   The present intervention is aimed at reconnecting those threads historically broken by the intervention of modernism first and, subsequently, by the definitive cultural deconstruction conducted by postmodernism. It is therefore good, first of all, to conduct a rapid re-examination of the historical-artistic events that have taken place within the contemporary world. As already mentioned, the eighteenth-century body is indelibly marked by the intervention of the Enlightenment, which, through a rationalistic-scientific approach, turns […]

3 – The process of dematerialization of art

Joseph Kosuth, Neon, Who’s afraid of red, yellow and blue exhibition from 17 February to 20 May 2012 at la maison rouge, Paris, France   The analysis undertaken in my previous intervention, and that I am continuing here, pays more attention to the material aspect of the pictorial execution, an aspect that constitutes the fulcrum of the identity of painting and its expression, we would otherwise embark on a path of abstraction where the pictorial testimonies are not expressed and […]

Illusoriety of realism

Anonymous, View of an ideal city (detail), 1490-99ca   This, which I am presenting here, is the first in a series of interventions aimed at the dissemination of visual grammars. An aspect that, as I said in the introduction to the blog (, is closely linked to the analysis of the characteristic aspects of postmodernism, given the massive use of images and their wide dissemination implemented by postmodernism as a privileged linguistic vehicle and attributable to its characteristics of speed […]

Illusorietà del realismo

Anonimo, Veduta di citta ideale (particolare), 1490-99ca   Questo, che qui presento, è il primo di una serie d’interventi finalizzati alla divulgazione delle grammatiche visive. Un aspetto che, come dissi nella premessa al blog (, è strettamente legato all’analisi degli aspetti caratteristici della postmodernità, dato l’impiego massiccio delle immagini e della loro vasta diffusione attuata dal postmoderno in funzione di veicolo linguistico privilegiato e riconducibile alle sue caratteristiche di velocita di penetrazione inconscia, che in assenza di un’educazione all’alfabetizzazione visiva […]

2 – The process of abstraction in the contemporary age

Piero della Francesca, Nativity, 1460-1475 (detail)   In 1925 Franz Roh (1890-1965) theorized Magic Realism (Nach-Expressionismus – magischer Realismus: Probleme der neuesten europäisches Malerei, Leipzig, Klinkhardt & Biermann), stating that painting had the task of opposing the vague and demonic flow of existence. The pictorial representation therefore had to crystallize the volumes, making them solid, immutable and timeless. The works belonging to Magic Realism, and to the previous pictorial experiences that generated it (Metaphysics in particular), owe that sense of […]

1 – Modern, postmodern, altermodern, the imaginary in the contemporary era

Photo: Emiliano Russo   We have entered the altermodern era, which succeeded postmodernism and in turn succeeded modernism, what suggested it was the retrospective held in 2011 at the Victoria and Albert Museum entitled Postmodern – Style and Subversion 1970 – 1990, curated by Glenn Adamson and Jane Pavitt, declaring the conclusion of postmodernism itself according to the French critic Nicolas Bourriaud (1965). Now two questions must certainly be asked: the first concerns the date of this conclusion, i.e. the […]